Nā Keiki Aloha

Photos made in the garden of botanist Robert Hirano, retired director of The Harold L. Lyon Arboretum at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The project title comes from an ʻōlelo noʻeau: "He keiki aloha nā mea kanu" meaning "Beloved children are the plants." It is said of farmers that their plants are like beloved children, receiving much attention and care.*

*Source: ʻŌlelo Noʻeau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings. Collected, Translated, and Annotated by Mary Kawena Pukuʻi. Illustrated by Dietrich Varez.